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Edwin Forrest SWEET

(1847-1935)

SWEET, Edwin Forrest, a Representative from Michigan; born in Dansville, Livingston County, N.Y., November 21, 1847; attended the common schools; was graduated from the literary department of Yale College in 1871 and from the law department of Michigan University at Ann Arbor in 1874; was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1876; member of the board of education 1899-1906; mayor of Grand Rapids 1904-1906; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second Congress (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1913); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; Assistant Secretary of Commerce 1913-1921; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Michigan in 1916; member of the board of education of Grand Rapids 1923-1926; member of the city commission 1926-1928; operated a grain and stock ranch in North Dakota; resided in Grand Rapids, Mich., until 1928 when he retired and moved to Ojai, Calif., where he died April 2, 1935; interment in Oakhill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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